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Using Telehealth for Addiction Treatment

Evidence Ranking: Potential

Source: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

This 2 page document from the Butler Center for Research at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation provides an overview of using telehealth applications for addiction treatment.

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Efficacy for Use of Detoxification Alone as a Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Evidence Ranking: Problematic

Source: Center for Evidence-based Policy

State officials participating in the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions Project requested this rapid evidence review on the role of inpatient or residential detoxification for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD). As this 2-page document states, research is clear and addiction experts agree that detoxification alone is not a stand-alone treatment for OUD, but is merely the first step in a providing an individualized treatment plan which may include medication assisted treatment.

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Pennsylvania Warm Hand-Off Care Map

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Health

In 2016 the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs required all county addiction authorities to develop a warm hand-off plan for individuals treated for opioid overdose in a hospital or emergency department. This document is the official “warm hand-off care map” or care algorithm for the program.

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Spotlight: Pennsylvania’s Warm Hand-Off

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Addiction Policy Forum

A brief overview of Pennsylvania’s program to implement warm hand-off’s to treatment for individuals seen in hospitals and emergency departments for addiction related issues. In 2016 the state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs required all county addiction authorities to develop a warm hand-off plan for individuals treated for opioid overdose in a hospital or emergency department. The program has significantly increased the percentage of patients who enter treatment after receiving a screening and assessment and a direct referral to treatment through this program. Part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Spotlight series which highlights innovative programs to address the opioid crisis.

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Spotlight: Kenton County Detention Center Substance Abuse Program (SAP)

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Addiction Policy Forum

A brief overview of the Kenton County, Kentucky Detention Center’s Substance Abuse Program (SAP) which provides substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and connections to after care for residents of the facility. A 2016 evaluation of SAP programs statewide found participants were highly satisfied with the program and it was associated with reduced recidivism, positive outcomes for participants such as stable housing and employment, and reduced costs for the state. This overview explains how the Kenton County Detention Center structures its SAP program. Part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Spotlight series which highlights innovative programs to address the opioid crisis.

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Spotlight: Aware Recovery Care

Evidence Ranking: Potential

Source: Addiction Policy Forum

A brief overview of Aware Recovery Care (ARC) substance use disorder (SUD) treatment model that provides in-home treatment from a multidisciplinary team of professionals. Operational in Connecticut and New Hampshire, the ARC model provides individualized, flexible services that address common barriers to accessing treatment such as difficulties with scheduling, or transportation, and provides SUD treatment in the person’s home environment where they will maintain their recovery. A study found that patients in ARC treatment models had recovery rates six times higher than the national average. Part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Spotlight series which highlights innovative programs to address the opioid crisis.

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Spotlight: Ocean County, New Jersey Prosecutor’s Blue Heroin Addiction Recovery and Treatment (HART)

Evidence Ranking: Potential

Source: Addiction Policy Forum

An overview of the Ocean County, New Jersey Prosecutor’s Office efforts to work with law enforcement to provide access to treatment and recovery for community members with substance use disorders (SUD). The Blue Heroin Addiction Recovery & Treatment (HART) program began with enhanced naloxone distribution to first responders in 2013, expanded to providing recovery support coaches to patients seen in the emergency department for an opioid overdose, and led to creating treatment intake stations at 6 Ocean County police stations. Part of the Addiction Policy Forum’s Spotlight series which highlights innovative programs to address the opioid crisis.

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Huntington Quick Response Team

Evidence Ranking: Promising

Source: Prestera Center, Huntington Comprehensive Treatment Center, Recovery Point West Virginia, Huntington Police, Huntington Black Pastors Association, Cabell County Emergency Medical Services

These presentation slides describe the Huntington, West Virginia Quick Response Team (QRT) which is a partnership of substance use disorder treatment providers, law enforcement, first responders, and faith-based community members. The QRT’s mission is to follow up on individuals

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The Healing Forest Environmental Prevention Process: Community Effectiveness through Coalition Program Evaluation

Evidence Ranking: Proven

Source: Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Service to Science Initiative

This 2010 report describes the many programs White Bison, Inc., has developed to prevent addiction and create individual recovery and resiliency in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities including the Wellbriety model, the concept of the Healing Forest, and the Firestarter peer

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